Monday, December 17, 2012
The Conservative Walking Caricature
To be fair, my next post will be entitled "The Liberal Walking Caricature." Both posts lampoon the absurdity of the ideologue whose insecurity makes him a walking caricature.
The conservative walking caricature (in this case, the caricature is real and alive, not just imagined or falsely painted) becomes attached to his conservative identity as if all social problems have one cookie-cutter solution. He often is fastidious about dress, which is in fact a somewhat effeminate trait at odds with the ostensibly rugged conservative ethos. He is usually rigid in social relations and anxious to make comparisons. He is also very attached to his own opinions as if they were delphic pronouncements. In other words, the conservative walking caricature is barely human and often robotic. As a psychologist would say: the authoritarian personality eager to follow an authority. (Some have even theorized that in some cases the rigidity of political views may be related to cases of suppressed homosexuality--which, of course, would be quite ironic! See link.)
And people wonder why so many just tune them out. Maybe, it's time to look in the mirror. The psychology of insecurity yields the caricature. Next time, we will look at the liberal walking caricature who is also full of self-contradictions.